Midsummer sowings

A mid summer sown row of dwarf beans and a zucchini are just what the doctor ordered to keep your garden ticking over. They’ll both be ready in a few months time – give or take – to land you with a most useful March harvest. Broccoli, sown now, is also useful come Autumn. Tray […]

Zucchini and Basil Soup

A quick, fresh tasting soup that’s as nourishing and soothing as Autumn. For 4 Serves Using a wide pan gently saute 1 onion in some oil and butter until soft and translucent. Add crushed garlic sliced fresh chilli (optional) 6 sliced zucchini (use small ones) 1 diced kumara Turn up the heat and saute until […]

Zucchini Cakes with Basil and Feta

I have a confession to make – I don’t like zucchini (please don’t tell my children this). Bland, tasteless and usually soggy, it’s only the second vegetable I’ve met that I haven’t loved (Jerusalem artichokes being the first). So it was with great relief to read Mr Wilkinsons Favourite Vegetables and discover that he (Matt […]

December in the Vegie Patch

Are your gardens mulched? You know you don’t even need to pull the weeds, just lay wet newspaper a top and mulch a top of that. All those weeds will die down in the dark leaving a lovely feed for the soil – delighting the worms beneath. If the worms be happy, the plants are […]